Thursday, July 11, 2013
|Temporary restraining order against Matchmaker|
|Attorney General's lawsuit against Matchmaker|
Potential customers who expressed an interest in the dating service were encouraged to visit the defendants’ office for an in-person consultation. According to court documents filed by the State, the defendants charged between $3,000 and $10,000 for their services. Individuals who elected not to join the service and pay the fee were told to pay a termination fee or face a debt collection action by defendant Monterrey Financial. Office of the Attorney General investigators determined that for the purposes of this enforcement action, the debt collection defendant failed to file a bond as security, which Texas law requires.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office is seeking to secure frozen assets to satisfy a future court judgment on behalf of senior citizens and others who were harmed by the defendants. The State’s enforcement action was brought under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, the Telephone Solicitation Act and the Finance Code for debt collection violations.